978 days in jail under UAPA; now Tahir Hussain faces money laundering charges too

A Delhi court on Friday framed charges against former AAP leader Tahir Hussain who is languishing in Tihar jail under draconian UAPA since 2020, in a money laundering case related to the northeast Delhi violence.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat said that prima facie findings indicate that Hussain conspired to engage in money laundering and the proceeds generated from the crime were used in the northeast Delhi violence, Bar and Bench reported.

“I am of the view that there is sufficient material on record, prima facie, creating grave suspicion against the accused for framing charges against him and to proceed further with the trial,” Justice Rawat said.

The fresh case by the Enforcement Directorate is also based on one of the first information reports registered against Hussain by the Delhi Police.

There are a dozen cases against Hussain, a prominent local politician in the northeast region. Many international and national rights groups and rights activists have been demanding the release of Hussain and other Muslim activists who were arrested under draconian UAPA in connection with the Delhi violence.